[texworks] Making texwork accessible for visually impaired

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Aug 2 05:32:04 CEST 2019

On 2019-08-01 at 18:20:05 -0400, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

 > On 01/08/2019 6:03 p.m., Krishna wrote:
 > > hello to all team member, I want to ask regarding recommending to make
 > > texwork accessible for blind users. now a day, texwork application has
 > > became very popular and good. but, it is not accessible for visually
 > > impaired users. some interfaces of this application are inaccessible to
 > > access. therefore, where can I recommend to make this application very
 > > accessible for blind users? because, latex is completely command based
 > > program for prepare document. other word processor like, Microsoft
 > > office, open office, libre office etc- are not convenient to editing
 > > document. in latex, every blind user can know what he is doing, or what
 > > he is editing. actually, it is hard to learn, but, if visually impaired
 > > person know the all the command regarding document setting like: page
 > > setting, font selecting, line structure etc; they can also produce a
 > > good document like others. and they can also prepare their own document
 > > like: articles, thesis, seminar papers, book etc. therefore, accessible
 > > latex editor is required. so, please suggest me how to and where to
 > > recommend regarding accessibility issues of texwork. any suggestions
 > > would be highly appreciated. best regards.
 > >
 > This may not be what you want to hear, but I don't think Texworks is a
 > particularly appropriate application for a blind person.  You want a
 > LaTeX-aware editor, but Emacs would probably be a better choice, since
 > it uses a text-based screen, which screen readers for blind people would
 > probably find easier to handle.  I wouldn't be surprised if other
 > configurable editors (e.g. Eclipse, etc.) would also be better than
 > Texworks, if they have support for blind users.

It's crazy, of course, to convince blind people to use a program with
a graphical user interface.

In Germany, highly talented blind pupils are allowed to attend regular
schools.  They already use LaTeX in order to write math formulas.
There are some special teachers who support them at different schools.
They fix typos in their LaTeX code, for instance.

I've met a blind pupil many years ago at our monthly TeX meeting and I
had endless discussions with two of these teachers recently (sigh...).

I'm convinced that for every blind person Emacs is the best choice.
No blind person is unable to learn Emacs.

The problem are the teachers who tenaciously refuse to learn anything
new and force blind pupils to use stupid graphical user interfaces due
to their own incompetence.


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